While in The Vitamin Shoppe the other day to look for protein bars, the sales clerk recommended the Greens+ High Protein Food Bar. I examined the package and saw that each bar has an impressive 20 grams of whey isolate protein and 1.5 grams of omega 3 fatty acids.
Greens+ says, "We've combined organically grown superfoods, whey protein, high energy herbal extracts and a little agave nectar to produce the only cold-processed, alkaline-forming, protein-rich green food bar. The Greens+ Protein Bar contains no processed sugar, salt, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, synthetic sweeteners, preservatives, or genetically-modified foods of any kind." With all of those claims, how could I not try it? I put one of the Peanut Butter natural flavored bars into my basket and took it to the register, where it rang up at a somewhat hefty $2.69.
I unwrapped my bar, checked out the appearance, and to be honest, I was a bit grossed out by the dark green color. Sure, the name is Greens+, but I didn't expect my nutrition bar to look quite so much like vegetation. Undeterred, however, I took a bite - prepared for the worst - but pleasantly surprised. It definitely tasted like peanut
butter, but I was sure I could taste the "greens" too; it had quite and earthy flavor to it. It was very chewy and hearty, and it kept me satisfied, but the taste was definitely not my favorite.
I flipped over the bar to examine the nutritional information. Each 59 gram (dense and heavy!) bar provides 250 calories, 17% of the daily value for total fat and 13% of the DV for saturated fat, 2 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein. The fat content is probably so high because the first ingredient is organic peanut butter, so it's not surprising. Still, I like my protein bars a bit on the lighter side, calorie-wise.
Whereas the ingredients list of some products read like a chemistry textbook, this one reads like a herbalists guidebook ... Hawaiian spirulina, barley grass powder, wheat grass powder, Japanese chlorella, hydroponic soy sprouts and much more.
This bar is low glycemic due to the fact that they use agave nectar, but the sugar & fat content are more than I would like. Plus the taste takes a lot of getting used to, so I probably won't buy this bar again - but I would like to try more Greens+ bars because I'm really impressed with some of the ingredients.